For Cleveland, the past 12 months have been arguably the best in it sports’ history. The Cavs brought the city it’s first major sports championship in 52 years, then the Indians followed that up with being just one game away from beating the juggernaut Chicago Cubs and bringing home a World Series title as well less than five months later. Those moments, along with Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown’s incredible one-handed catch against Oklahoma last fall, are up for four ESPYs this summer: LeBron James for Best NBA Player and Best Play, Indians’ Game 7 heroics for Best Game, and Brown’s catch for Best Play.
James’ has now been nominated for Best NBA Player for 13-consecutive years, which demonstrates his dominance over the last decade and a half. The Best Play was No. 23’s alley oop to himself in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Best Play is a bracket-style category, so James’ will have to make his way through the bracket by beating his opponents in votes. Here’s a clip of his incredible alley oop to himself in case you somehow forgot:
Clevelanders may not want to remember the insanity of Game 7 of the World Series due to its outcome, but that was truly an incredible game. Capped off by Rajai Davis’ two-run home run to tie things up, Indians fans will forever remember Game 7. In case they didn’t, the ESPYs will be just another reminder. For what it’s worth, maybe the rain delay should be one of the options for Best Play, considering many people believe that’s the main reason why the Cubs ended up winning that game. At least the Chicago Cubs just optioned Kyle Schwarber to the minors.
Brown’s catch may not get the recognition it deserves solely because of recency bias- it happened almost 10 months ago. But, it was arguably one of the best catches in college football history, and by far the best of the season. There’s still a decent chance that the former Buckeyes wide out can make a run through the bracket-style voting. Here’s a video of the insane catch in case your brain refuses to believe he came down with it still:
The ESPYs, which will be hosted by Peyton Manning, are July 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Be sure to get your votes in and help everyone from Cleveland and Ohio State win.